This is another one of those times when one has to ask her/himself: “What were they thinking, really?” Is this a Fail in the making?

Live from Washington, Bill Jelen checks in: “Microsoft marketing has made it incredibly difficult to buy Excel 2013 with PowerPivot. I’ve heard a lot of people say that they won’t upgrade and will stick with Office 2010 forever, but this really isn’t practical.

In today’s video, I offer a workaround that will allow individuals or small companies to actually purchase Excel 2013 with PowerPivot 2013.”

*Also look toward the bottom of this post for other mentions of this issue from Rob Collie, ZDNet and Others!

"DAX FORMULAS for PowerPivot: The Excel Pro's Guide to Mastering DAX" by Rob Collie.

DAX FORMULAS for PowerPivot: The Excel Pro’s Guide to Mastering DAX” by Rob Collie.

*Be sure to check out these other threads dealing with the PowerPivot 2013 situation: